Posted by: mnpryor | November 10, 2016

Now What?

So it is two days after the 45th presidential and history was made. Our new president is Donald Trump who beat out Hilliary Clinton 279 to 228 in the electoral college. While Hilliary however just barely beat him out with 48% to his 47% of the popular vote. Statistics aside I found that the general feeling is one of unease among many minority groups. A lot of people are sitting around wonder now what happens?  Whether you agree with him or not we need to acknowledge that something big has been done, that there will be repercussions.

What really stands out to me is the disappointment and fear I’ve seen. And I’m not going to lie I’m scared too of what can happen now that his is in office, not his actions, but the actions of others. But the thing that gets me is how much the younger generation has been affected by this election. I read an article written by a father trying to explain to his six year old daughter that Hilliary did not win. He talks about the disappointment on her face when she heard of the news and asked ‘“Why do boys always get to be president?” my daughter asked this morning, after she’d let the news sink in. “It’s not fair!”'(Moritz 2016). I read another article talking about how America failed women. It talked about how we finally had a competent woman with power and she was beat out by a man with out and experience in the field.  It made a great point on no matter how qualified a woman can try to be she gets beaten out by a man. My younger sister and her friends texted me this morning confused as to why a woman couldn’t win, and what this meant for them.

So what factors were at play? Maybe the glass ceiling reared its ugly head in the prevent her from making it while the glass elevator pushed him forward? Or is it a fact that she didn’t do the double bind well, as we have acknowledged before, turned people of from her. She didn’t try to present herself as a traditional female leader and that might have been her downfall. She had expert power and had experience. Top of her field but was too brash. The media preyed on pulling her apart. I often wonder if she was a man would the emails have been as big. She wasn’t the first person in her position  to misuse email, there are plenty  of accounts of it, but she was made into the example. The FBI became involved in an election time when they are normally supposed to stay out, this also has not happened before to my knowledge.I think it is because she challenged the patriarchal hierarchy that our country was built upon. Our system is one that propels cis white men forward and she tried to challenge that. Yes, we had Obama elected but I think many people were like “we’ve had enough change for now let’s settle this progress train down”. People don’t like rapid change or feeling challenged. If you look at the numbers lower income working class whites, particularly males, came out in droves to vote for Trump. These men who are at the bottom of the hierarchy, placed right before females and minorities, made their voice heard. Were they afraid of losing their position on that scale and in an attempt to hold it the voted for him? A powerful woman was that much of a threat. Many like to say that their is no longer gender discrimination but this election proved it is alive and well. And this problem is very inter-sectional as he wants to deport many immigrants, build a wall, try to ban a religion and  has been backed by the KKK. Now we have a generation of women who aren’t afraid to be identified as feminist and president who has made misogynistic comments in power. So what do we do now?

http://www.vox.com/first-person/2016/11/9/13572748/donald-trump-won-hillary-clinton-lost

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/politics/a8261651/donald-trump-victory-failed-women/

https://thinkprogress.org/why-america-failed-4f2cbabcd99e#.cshc9srgz

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Responses

  1. YES! Thank you for writing this post. I’m sorry but this stuff does need to be brought to everyone attention. I am all for not reacting violently to Trump’s presidency because fighting fire with fire only makes a larger fire. But as you mentioned, I am also terrified for the future of our country.

    As I look back on the results of the election, it makes me very sad for many reasons. First off, we were so close to making history; however, the public still could not come to terms with the idea of a female leader. Hillary had experience, competence, and frankly skills for leadership. But, America elected a man who does have any of these credentials. Besides being extremely frustrating, it makes me lose hope in America. I thought we had come so far, and now it seems we have taken steps back. Additionally, Hillary was harshly critiqued throughout the media. I definitely agree that many of the backlashes she got was due to her gender; furthermore, the public has this intense hatred for Hillary. This has been shown throughout the years. Her ambition, drive, and expert power have not been liked. Hillary does not fit the female stereotype, so yes I agree that Hillary was more harshly criticized for her actions. For example, I saw a Facebook post that said, “I hate Hillary’s creepy smile”. REALLY! We are still critiquing the appearance of our leaders? Why does Trump not get the same response about his hair or fake tan? It is sad that people are scooping this low and shallow to get insults about a candidate. The appearance, gender, race, and ethnicity of a candidate should not matter. I would also like to point out a female posted this comment. Furthermore, If Hillary did or said many of the things Trump did, she would definitely not have been the democratic nominee. I would also like to preference that I am by no means saying Hillary was perfect. She did do many things wrong, but at least she would be more fit to run this country.

    I definitely agree that lower income whites came out to the polls in large numbers, which contributed to many democratic states switching to republican like Pennsylvania and Michigan. I also think it is true that many of these individuals were overwhelmed with change. We had an African American male in office for two terms. The idea of a female president was just too much. It is important to keep in mind the effects change can have on individuals. These males have had the privilege and power since the beginning of history (Heifetz, 2007). However taking all of this into consideration, this does not excuse our country for continuing to support racist and sexism in our country. I hope this election is a blimp on the radar.

    Heifetz, R. A. (2007). Leadership, authority, and women. In B. Kellerman & D. Rhode (Eds.), Women and Leadership: The State of Play and Strategies for Change (pp. 311-327). San Fransico, CA: Jossey-Bass.

    -Allison

  2. Your quote “how we finally had a competent woman with power and she was beat out by a man without experience in the field” blew me away. Sadly, to most Americans the presidential election is a popularity contest. They cast a vote for the candidate they like the most or who is more relatable. Thee average Americans does not have the same education that we, as privileged college students, do and unfortunately are not making informed decisions on policy or leadership potential. Some adult voters pick the candidate they would enjoy having a beer with. Guess what the person who you can chitchat at a bar with is not automatically going to be a sufficient Commander in Chief. Likability is not a synonym for ability.

  3. I have to start by saying I loved when you said, ” Maybe the glass ceiling reared its ugly head in the prevent her from making it while the glass elevator pushed him forward?” Since the election I have been asking myself what’s next? I have yet to find the answer. Yes, we were so close to making history once again with this presidential election but it seems as if it was too good to be true. Here we have a well qualified woman that ran for president against someone with little to no political experience but yet still dominated the election. We all can say “it is hard to believe that an under qualified man won over a highly qualified women” but is this really a surprise? We have experienced men dominating with power than women have. But, what can WE do to change that? I just wish I had answers to the many questions in my head.

  4. It is very upsetting that a man with no experience in politics is now about to run our country, especially since there were many more qualified candidates that he somehow surpassed? I am sure that many of the people who voted for Trump are sexist but I also am convinced that many are not. While I personally did not like or support either candidate, many of my friends at home felt trapped into voting for Trump because they strongly disagreed with many of Hillary’s other stances & felt as if they were choosing “the lesser of two evils” (it consciously did not have to do with their genders). In this election, it is important to keep in mind that not every person who voted for Trump is a sexist, homophobic, racist human being. Many people who did not vote for Hillary still felt horrible but felt as if they had no other options due to other personal convictions. Condemning one another in such a controversial & difficult election is unhelpful (I am not saying that is what you are doing..These are more general thoughts). I do agree though that it is upsetting that a qualified woman lost to a seemingly unqualified man. I have hope for the future though!!I am confidence that it is only a matter of time until we have a female president. Four years sounds like a long time, but this presidency will not last forever and I for one, am excited to wait and watch as more women enter into congress and other branches of our government.

  5. Unpopular opinion, but I really believe that this election came down to much, much, much more than gender. Yes, gender played some role in the election. I do wonder what treatment a male would have gotten in the exact same position as Hilary Clinton. How much would have changed in the election and what wouldn’t have been looked at so closely. But Hilary Clinton had much more on her plate then just gender. There was a long list of things that she did that was against the law, controversial, or just wrong. Yes, I know Trump also has a list of these things, but I am focusing on Hilary Clinton right now. You said: “Many like to say that their is no longer gender discrimination but this election proved it is alive and well.” I don’t think that this election proved this that much. Of course we did see some gender discrimination, but a lot of the reasoning behind everything came from something much farther than her gender. I would be very interested to see if Hilary Clinton was a male and how different we would be talking about this election. I did not like either of the candidates. I was not for one over the other, so I am not advocating for Trump, I just find the whole discussion of this election very interesting. I think it came down to MUCH more than gender.

  6. I agree with Kaitlyn. I do not believe that the primary reason Hillary lost the election was based upon gender. There are many reasons behind her loss. I would also argue that although she has experience and has been in politics much longer than Trump, I wouldn’t go as far as to say that she was extremely competent. In fact, I believe there are several situations in which she was incompetent to handle what needed to be done and in her actions, lives were lost. Now, Trump has said some rather awful things, I agree. However, pertaining to the election, this year the extreme bias in the media could have been the reason that everyone thought Hillary would win by a landslide. I truly believe that if the election and campaigns were fairly covered by all and every medium, this election would have been different, and the aftermath itself would have been different, too. It is time for us as Americans to WAKE UP!!!!!!!!! The liberal media, and the media in general, is tearing this country to pieces with its biases and the choices to cover only certain events and certain policies from either candidate. I understand that this post is about gender discrimination and women in leadership. However, I feel it is important to bring up that gender was not the sole factor in Clinton’s loss and we as women need to realize that. We need to recognize how many women were elected to Congress and other forms of local and state governments in this election. We’ve made giant leaps as a gender in this election, and we need to re-shift our focus to those wins and not the loss of the presidency.

  7. Thank your for addressing the elephant in the room! One of the hardest things I have had to do this post election night was watch as people burned flags. I understand that this is a right to free speech, however, I think it severely sends the wrong message to those who fought and died for that flag. When talking with one of my friends, they mentioned that the flag was a symbol of Trump and not the United States and I felt the wind get knocked out of me. Maybe it is because I grew up with the influence of the military, and maybe that’s why, but it hurt me. The flag is the symbol of freedom, but having attended a military funeral and watching as the weeping widow clutched onto the folded flag, it means so much more to other people. The flag for that widow was the last thing she had to hold onto. It now sits proudly on the shelf, along with his medals. I think it’s a possibility that people aren’t thinking how burning the flag might impact other people, but if that is true, then there is a serious problem in the United States and it isn’t about the election, its about respect for those who gave everything. The freedom to do whatever you want was not free, it was earned by our members of the armed forces.

  8. I agree that there are several red flags tied to the man that was just elected President of the United States, and unfortunately also a white one…, but I don’t believe that we now need to be angry and afraid. What Donald Trump has said has been unbelievably insensitive, horribly degrading, and indefensibly offensive, there is still hope from the election. While Hillary Clinton did not win, there were several women who were elected into office and several of whom are the first women of color and certain minority groups. That alone is a major accomplishment, not just for women, but for minority groups at large. There is no changing the outcome of the election. We have voted in Donald Trump. But we have also voted in women like Kamala Harris, Kate Brown, Catherine Cortez Masto, Pramila Jayapal, and more. These women not only signify hope for women but also hope for minorities. They have broken through the ceiling. Now, hopefully, there will be more women who will be considered as presidential candidates for their expertise, experience, drive, and ambition. Hopefully, as these women get media attention, it will be for their actions and contributions, not simply because they are women and they’re being discussed because of what they wore or their familial/relational status. This election can be considered disappointing for obvious reasons, but it can also be considered monumental for many others. I will choose to look on the bright side and keep pushing for progress.


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